Wiesseloh was one of the anti-revolutionary “völkische settlements” set up after WW1.
Situated near the Edersee lake in north Hesse, it existed from 1919 until 1923. The original idea formulated by the architect, Hans Weisen, was to have artistic and artisan workshops combined with a convalescence sanatorium based on “Light, Air and Nudism Culture”. He and his supporters also wanted to set up a workshop making pre-fabricated houses for export.
In contrast with Eden it was not successful. It never grew beyond 50 members, the idea of a community based on nudism was not enough to secure its existence and it broke up after conflicts between its members.
“Alternative Selbstorganisation auf dem Lande“, Klaus-B. Vollmar, Verlag Jakobsohn, 1977.
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